Jul 22, 2020

Parental marital details & ethnicity to change in birth certificate

The Registrar General’s Department says the details pertaining to the marital status of parents and the ethnicity are to undergo a change on birth certificates.

According to Registrar General - N. C. Vithanage many children face issues over the marital status of parents, especially when being enrolled in school.

Therefore, the section mentioning the marital status of parents will be removed, he said.

In addition, he said that the new birth certificates will be issued as “Sri Lankan” and will not refer to any race or religion.

He further said that the much-awaited Digital Birth Certificate will be issued following the conclusion of the 2020 General Election.

“A 12-digit serial number will be issued for all new birth certificates and this serial number can be used to obtain a NIC when a child completes 15 years of age,” said Vithanage.

The digital birth certificate will come with a QR Code, a Bar Code, a dedicated watermark to meet international standards and to counter forged documents.